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Temple Beth Tikvah Newsletter
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In This Issue
Leadership Development Workshop
TBT Poker Tournament
Divrei Tikvah From Rabbi Hershenson
President's Message
2014 Song of Miriam Award
New Home for TBT Library
Board Notes - New Designated Funds
Committee News
Religious Committee Happenings
Social Action Update
Passover Committee Thank You
Men's Club Info
Taizé Service Info
About TBT
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Temple Beth Tikvah
P.O. Box 7472
Bend, OR  97708



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May Celebrations
Celebrations in May honor the following:
  Lorraine Schechter
                         May  2
  Suzanne Schlosberg
                         May  2
  Jill Abell             May  3
  Sara Charney Cohen
                         May  5
  Ed Connelley      May  7
  Burton Litman     May  8
  Bruce Levin        May  9
  David Uri           May 11
  John Dalfonsi      May 15
  Gerald Greenbach
                         May 16
  Judith Schlosberg
                         May 17
  Chris Arathoon    May 18
  Zac Zlatkus       May 18
  Mel Siegel          May 26
  Martha Pyne      May 29
  Marcia Koff        May 31
     Jay and Sheila 
     Ross Luber
               May 17th
     Gerald & Phyllis 
               May 31st
TBT Board Members
Board Officers:

   Mark Schindel

 Vice President:
   Michael Rosenfield
   Diane Dober

   Jeff Adler

   Justin Finestone

   Suzanne Schlosberg

   Cathy Wynschenk
TBT Committee Chairs

 Bikkur Holim:
   Suzanne Schlosberg
   Evie Lerner

   Harriet Richard Dietz
   Ralph Uri

   Jeanne Freeman

   Lauren Olander

   Kathy Schindel

   Mark Schindel
   Ralph Uri

   Lester Dober

   Jerry Greenbach

   Lauren Olander

 Religious Services
   Ann Rosenfield
   Jill Muinch

   Terry Reynolds

   Corrie Grudin
   Vivian Freeman
   Lorraine Schechter

 Social Action
   Burt Litman

 Social Activities
   Diane Dober
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May Calendar of Events


   May  1    7:00 p.m. - Taizé Service at St. Francis

   May  3    8:30 a.m. - Leadership Development Workshop

   May  4  10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

   May  5       --- Yom HaZikaron ---

   May  6       --- Yom HaAtzma'ut ---

   May  9    6:00 p.m. - Small Plates Shabbat Gathering

   May 10   9:00 a.m. - Munch & Torah

              10:30 a.m. - Shabbat Torah service

   May 15   5:30 p.m. - Serving dinner at Bethlehem Inn

   May 18      --- Lag B'Omer ---

              10:00 a.m. - Sunday School

              10:15 a.m. - Men's Club River Trail Hike

                7:00 p.m. - TBT Board Meeting

   May 21   6:00 p.m. - TBT Poker Tournament

   May 23   7:00 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service with

                                Musical Guest - Marshall Voit

   May 24  11:59 p.m. - June newsletter deadline

   May 28      --- Yom Yerushalayim ---



   June 1st - Song of Miriam Awards Brunch

   June 7th - Progressive Dinner - Save the Date!

   June 28th - Bat Mitzvah of Abi Hershenson


May School Activities:

(All activities at Shalom Bayit)

Sunday School: (10:00 a.m.):  5/4, 5/18

Hebrew School:  (4:30 p.m.):  5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24


For more details about any TBT events, see our complete schedule of Services, School activites and Events online:


TBT Leadership Development Workshop 
It is time for us to take pause, reflect on what we've accomplished, and imagine what's next. Preparing for our first Sabbatical year:
Manifesting Communal Wisdom:
Dynamic Jewish Organizational Leadership Development  
led by Rabbi Johanna M. Hershenson 

DATE:  Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

TIME:    8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

LOCATION:  Clubhouse at Awbrey Glen
Good ideas and future leaders can come from any one of our members.  This invitation to attend our leadership workshop is extended to our entire congregation and we sincerely hope that you will participate.  
Lunch offerings including vegetarian and gluten free options will be served at cost to each individual during a working lunch session.


Space is limited, RSVP required ASAP.  Please reply to your email invitation.


If you have any questions, you can contact Rabbi Hershenson johannahershenson@me.com or Mark Schindel  schindelme@yahoo.com


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Poker Tournament - May 21st


NOW is the time to register for


The Second Semi-Annual

Temple Beth Tikvah

Poker Tournament

Poker Tournament 

WIN A $1,000.00 




One of Two $250.00 GIFT CARDS - Two Runners Up




Wednesday, May 21st   

5:30 p.m. - No-host dinner

7:00-9:30 p.m. - Texas Hold 'Em Poker

at Sidelines Pub, 1020 NW Wall St., Downtown Bend


We are limited to 45 seats for this tournament, so you must send in your entry fee of $100.00 postmarked no later than May 12th, 2014.

Guests of members may be invited if there are still seats open after the deadline.


For questions, call George Brant 541-480-6900.


All proceeds benefit Temple Beth Tikvah.


Send your entry fee to:

 Temple Beth Tikvah, P.O. Box 7472, Bend, OR  97708


Do it NOW - Deadline is May 12th, 2014.

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From Rabbi Johanna Hershenson


Relational Judaism is the new buzz-word. 


It's a rather simple concept that profoundly shifts priorities in synagogue life and what we can expect from our engagement in it.


What brings us together as Temple Beth Tikvah may appear to be Shabbat and holiday services, adult classes, and various social and socially-minded events. 


But studies show, the reason we attend the services, classes, and other events is:

  • to feel the sense of belonging we feel when our presence is acknowledged and appreciated
  • to connect to our religious or cultural heritage, and
  • to join others in making the world a better place in which to live

Synagogues all over the world are taking a look at their communities through new lenses that peer past the programs and membership transactions to reveal the real connective tissue of the community.  How do people connect with one another?  How do synagogue gatherings encourage deepening and diversifying those connections?  How do programs and activities reflect who we are and how we choose to relate to the world outside ourselves?


Imagine what could happen in Temple Beth Tikvah if we saw the community not just as a synagogue, but as a vehicle for building deep multigenerational friendships, seriously exploring and talking about what it means to be a Jew in the world today, and coordinating efforts to make social improvements we'd all like to see in Bend and the world.


This month I will attend a workshop that offers skills development in unleashing the imagination and energy of members to shift our thinking about what it means to be a synagogue.  It's titled, Rabbi as CEO: Chief Engagement Officer. 


I like the idea of the rabbi as a social networker, as well as teacher and ritual artist.  Our learning and our ceremonial calendar should be tailored to our people.  Our time together should be like an extended family of choice...no baggage from childhood but lots of wisdom and creativity and generosity and space to grow into the individuals we want to be.


Passover reminded me that wandering in the wilderness is truly a wonderful state of being.  Yes it can be tiring.  Sure it would be nice to have some of the luxuries available in retail stores where a lot of Jews live.  But in wandering, we have a voice in the destination, we have the opportunity to build something unique and different.  Recognizable for certain, but tailored to our interests and preferences. 


I really hope every one in the congregation will find a way to join in Temple Beth Tikvah's ongoing journey of becoming.  As always, please feel free to contact me with ideas and invitations!  I love accepting them both!

~~ Rabbi Hershenson's office hours are by appointment.  If you would like to set up an appointment, please contact her by email at: johannahershenson@me.com, or by phone at 541-213-9880. 
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President's Message
From TBT President Mark Schindel

TBT Members & Friends ~

Spring is trying its best to get a foothold in Central Oregon, but in typical fashion it seemed to come and go in April.  But the weather did not dampen the many wonderful events we were able to enjoy this past month.  April got off to such a great start with our Havdallah with a Purpose in support of Reach Another Foundation that helps babies in Ethiopia get needed surgeries.  Our thanks to Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz for sponsoring and hosting this worthwhile event. 


Then, Jo Ann Ray and Larry Barker graciously hosted our Adult Education session with the Rabbi on the topic of "Spiritual Liberation".  Later in the month, we had the conclusion of the Rabbi's excellent Taste of Judaism series, with the final set dealing with The "G" Word.  We have greatly appreciated this series on Judaism which has allowed us to explore such a wide range of topics under the expert guidance of Rabbi Hershenson.


Also, in April, we had two other significant community events.  The first, our annual Community Passover Seder, was a tremendous success with our highest attendance to-date.  We are extremely grateful to Rabbi Hershenson for developing a whole new Hagaddah for this year's Seder, for co-chairs Jeanne Freeman and Cathy Wynschenk and their Passover Committee for organizing a beautiful service and very delicious dinner, and Brad Slate for his work as Events Manager at St Charles Hospital along with his hard-working staff that made the venue so inviting and the evening go so smoothly.


The other key event was the community observance for Yom HaShoah, remembering the Holocaust.  This year's theme was examining the historical responses to the Holocaust as well as an open discussion about how we can deal with issues of genocide in our current times.  Under the guidance of Rabbi Hershenson, and with the assistance of Jessica Hammerman, Liz Levinson, myself, and Alice Huskey (President of Shalom Bayit), a very moving and thought-provoking program was developed and presented.  With the assistance of Vic Chudowsky (Bend City Council member), we even received a special Proclamation for the Days of Remembrance from the City of Bend.


As we move into May, the congregation has an important opportunity to help provide guidance and direction for TBT in the coming years through our Dynamic Jewish Organizational Leadership Development Workshop retreat on May 3rd.  This workshop is open to all members, and those who attend will have the privilege of learning new leadership ideas and skills from Rabbi Hershenson, as well as participating in vital exercises to improve our organizational structure and plan our key goals for the next several years.  In advance, I want to THANK those who are taking the time to participate in this critical endeavor.  We promise to share the results of the workshop efforts with the entire congregation.  While this workshop is a great step in helping us to be a better organization, it is only a start.  So, there will be many more opportunities to get involved and add your voice and ideas to continue helping TBT grow.  We look forward to everyone's contributions. 



Mark Schindel


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Kathy Schindel Selected as TBT Song of Miriam Honoree for 2014 

Temple Beth Tikvah is happy to announce that we have chosen Kathy Schindel as our Song of Miriam honoree for 2014.
The Song of Miriam award is sponsored by the Jewish Women's Round Table, (JWRT,) a group of women representing organizations and congregations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The group's mission is to strengthen the Jewish community by honoring the excellent work of women volunteers and bringing the community together to celebrate Jewish life.  For the past 18 years JWRT has held The Song of Miriam awards brunch to honor women selected by their organizations.
The JWRT Award Brunch is Sunday June 1st, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at the Jewish Community Center in Portland. Please consider a trip to Portland to recognize Kathy as our TBT honoree. Reservations are required and cost $23 per person prior to May 22nd, or $32 after that date.  Please contact Terry Reynolds at tlrsboard@yahoo.com so we can reserve our table together.   


TBT is fortunate to have so many deserving women but can only choose one to honor each year. Since the founding of our congregation in 2008, Kathy has worked tirelessly in numerous capacities, always serving with warmth and caring for our community and dedication to our growth and vision.
It was Kathy who spearheaded Central Oregon's Community Religious School, bringing together three organizations in an experiment that has proven quite successful. As always, Kathy saw a need and worked to bring her vision to fruition. She continues to serve as the religious school's director as she has done for the past 2 years.
In keeping with her dedication to our community's children, Kathy also helps prepare Bar and Bat Mitzvah students for their big day and has taught Hebrew for several years.
Kathy has served on TBT's Board of Directors, three rabbi search committees, and multiple High Holy Days committees, including as Chair. But many of her most significant contributions do not involve titles. Kathy maintains our ever-growing contact and membership lists, writes our weekly e-mails, and proofs our monthly newsletter, which she previously organized. 
She attends virtually every temple event, always arriving early to set up and staying late to help clean up. She and her husband, Mark, have also hosted adult education sessions and other temple gatherings in their home. On top of that, Kathy makes the congregation's best noodle kugel!
This is Kathy's year to shine as our honoree.  Please join us when we honor Kathy locally at our May 23rd Shabbat service. And reserve your seat now for the June 1st award brunch in Portland by contacting Terry.


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TBT Library Moves to New Home

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The TBT library is now at Evie Lerner's home. She has a great location for all of it, including room to grow. Please visit the Cloud-based library at Library World.  You can search by keyword to browse our growing collection. It ranges from a nice variety of juvenile & teen selections to Kabbalah and other adult interests. We even have some great DVD's.


You can access the catalog at: LibraryWorld or  



The Library name is: Bend Jewish Library. No password is required. Search by keyword, title, author, subject, ISBN, or even reading level.  An asterisk in the search field will bring up the entire list.

You can make a request for items from the site or note the call number/s for the item/s you want and contact Evie to arrange pick-up at 541 388-3840 or evielerner60@gmail.com.  If you make an email request via our Library World website, I will contact you about obtaining the items.


We owe a huge THANK YOU to Tully Ellsberg for giving our library a home for the past 4 years, and to Evie for giving it a future home.
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TBT Board Notes
Next Board Meeting:  May 18th, 7:00 p.m
Location:  Wesley Room, FUMC

Your TBT Board meets monthly and everyone is invited to attend.  Dates and times of Board meetings are on the TBT calendar at http://bethtikvahbend.org/calendar.
If you would like to read the minutes of previous board meetings, you can request a copy from Board Secretary Diane Dober: dobersbend@gmail.com. 
Board Announces Two New Dedicated Funds

The TBT Board is pleased to announce TWO new options to which people can designate their tributes or general donations:  PJ Library and Tzedakah Fund.


The Board feels very strongly in supporting the Jewish children in our community. PJ Library® is a Jewish book-of-the-month club provided free of charge to young children. This program provides Jewish children with free Jewish literature and enrichment. Temple Beth Tikvah, Shalom Bayit, Oregon BB Camp and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation pay for our local chapter, which provides books to children in Central Oregon.


The program has become so popular that it has exceeded projections and seeks additional support from the community to bring Jewish books to additional children.  One child's subscription costs $40 per year. We currently need funds for 17 subscriptions, and it's growing!


Happily, an anonymous donor will match dollar for dollar any donations for our local PJ Library program up to $500.00!  All the money we raise via this matching fund will go into the PJ Library account and provide amazing opportunities for children 6 months to 8 years of age to receive free Jewish enrichment!  More info on PJ Library can be found at the national program's website, http://www.pjlibrary.org, or by contacting our local coordinator, Pat Givens at patgivens@bendcable.com or 541-504-1160.


The TBT Social Action Committee is doing outstanding work in our Bend community providing valuable services to the needy.  One of those worthy organizations is the Bethlehem Inn.  For several years, TBT members have generously made and served dinners to their residents in need.  Due to recent regulation changes, we can no longer do the cooking of those meals ourselves; we are now purchasing prepared food to bring and serve. 


To handle this sudden extra cost, the Board has established a special Tzedakah Fund that will be used by the Social Action Committee to support the Bethlehem Inn and other worthwhile community organizations that fit our mission of Tikkun Olam (Healing the World).  The Board has provided an initial amount of $500 from our Special Projects Fund and we invite others to add their contributions as well.  For more information on our Social Action work and how to get involved, please contact Burt Litman at blitman@bendbroadband.com.


If you are making a tribute or general donation and want the contribution to go towards the PJ Library program or Tzedakah Fund, you can go to our TBT website (http://www.bethtikvahbend.org/donations/) and select the PJ Library Fund or Tzedakah Fund as your designated choice for your contribution. 


Of course, you can still contribute to our other restricted funds or if no specific choice is specified, then it will be used for our general programming.  If you send in a check to Temple Beth Tikvah for your donation, include the Fund's name in the memo line.  If you decide to use the online Credit Card/PayPal option for your donation, you can include the Fund's name in the comment area.  Your donation is fully tax-deductible!


And please feel free to forward this note to any friends or family who may want to contribute as well!


Thank You for your support,

    TBT Board

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Committee News 

Religious Committee Happenings

Ann Rosenfield and Jill Muinch, Committee Co-Chairs


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April was a busy month with the highlight being the Passover Seder. The venue at St. Charles and the food were wonderful. Rabbi Hershenson led a truly enjoyable Seder using a new Hagaddah that she created. Kudos to the Seder committee.  


Also in April, an event created for families with children was held at the home of Johanna and Mark Hershenson. The Sunday afternoon event was held in lieu of the monthly family Shabbat services in March and April so we could maximize the crowd and get an idea of what would bring families to our events. Suzanne Schlosberg did an amazing job of orchestrating all the food and details for a fun afternoon.


In May, Rabbi Hershenson and the religious committee will be getting together to evaluate our year and try to come up with ideas to make the religious events more meaningful for the members and to bring more people to our events. We hope to figure out what is meaningful and enjoyable for us and also what we can do to engage the young families with children. Please let Ann or Jill know if you have any thoughts or ideas about our services or classes. We appreciate your input.


Coming up in May will be two special Shabbat services. On Friday, May 9th, mark your calendars for a Small Plates Shabbat at the home of Rabbi Johanna and Mark Hershenson. Look for an Evite to arrive soon with all the details and information about a less formal, home hospitality Shabbat. Then on Friday, May 23rd, Marshall Voit, a respected song leader in the URJ, will be our special guest at our Kabbalat Shabbat Service.  He will be traveling throughout the Western US singing with Jewish communities and we are fortunate to be included. If you enjoy lots of music on Shabbat, don't miss the service on May 23rd. Also in May we will have a Munch and Torah study and service on May 10th.  


Social Action Update

Burt Litman, Committee Chair


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The Committee thanks Ann and Michael Rosenfield, Linda and George Brant, Bonnie Ruby, Ralph Uri, Joe Jezukewicz, Kathy Schindel, Jeanne Freeman, and Burt Litman for rising early on April 9th to serve ~ 60 people who came to Back Door Cafe for a nutritious breakfast.  TBT members will again serve at Back Door Cafe on May 21st.  The adult B'nai Mitzvah Group will provide dinner to the residents of Bethlehem Inn on May 15th.  If you have an interest in participating in either of these events please contact Jeanne Freeman jfreeman@bendbroadband.com.  


Our thanks also go to Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz for hosting Havdallah with a Purpose on April 5th.  We were given the opportunity to hear about the Reach Another Foundation started by Dr. Dick Koning.  The Foundation supports medical teams going into Ethiopia to provide surgical treatment for infants born with hydrocephalus, commonly known as 'water on the brain'.  


If you have a worthwhile social action project you would like the Committee to consider, please contact Burt Litman blitman@bendbroadband.com. You can support Back Door Cafe, Bethlehem Inn, or other Social Action projects by contributing to the newly established TBT Tzedakah Fund.   


Many Thanks from the Passover Committee 
Jeanne Freeman and Cathy Wynschenk, Co-Chairs

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This year's Passover Seder was a tremendous success with more than 160 people joining us at St. Charles Hospital's event room. The new venue was a great success with delicious food and space for more guests.


Thank you to Rabbi Hershenson who developed a beautiful new Haggadah for our ceremony including more community singing.  And she gave us some wonderful new traditions to share - do you know why there's an orange on the Seder plate?


It is amazing how many in our community volunteered and created a memorable Seder.


Kudos to our fabulous Passover committee:  Lynne Connelly, MJ Krohn, Kim Rafilson, Terry Reynolds, Randi Zlatkus and co-chairs Cathy Wynschenk and Jeanne Freeman. They are fabulous and funny and very efficient.


To our bakers and haroset makers: Lynne Connelly, Marti Fields Johnson, Jeanne Freeman, Vivian Freeman, Marilyn Liebowitz, Liz Levinson, Martha Pyne, Ann Rosenfield, Kathy Schindel, Sara Jo Slate, Hallie Smith, Cathy Wynschenk and Randi Zlatkus, thank you for the sweetness in our meal.


To all those who stepped up and helped when asked: Jeff Adler, Sara Charney Cohen, Naomi Chudowsky, Steve Katz, Jill Muinch, Mark Schindel, Suzanne Schlosberg, Kim's friend Amy from Chicago, and Eden Rafilson who peeled a really big pile of carrots.


And a very special thank-you to Brad Slate, TBT member and Event Services Manager at St. Charles, and his crew for their help in a successful Seder. The staff was wonderful from preparation to cleanup and made the committee's work easier.


June Newsletter Deadline:  May 24th

This newsletter is emailed to both members and non-members each month.  If you have something you want to include in the newsletter, please e-mail it to sarrava@gmail.com by the 24th of each month.  As always, you will continue to receive "e-minders" before important events take place.



Sara Charney Cohen

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TBT Men's Club - River Trail Hike
Sun. May 18th
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The Men's event this month is a hike on the river trail. We'll meet at 10:15 a.m. at the Farewell Bend Park pavilion, near the Bill Healey bridge. Bring a bagged picnic for your party to join the group after the hike. For questions or more info, contact Lawrence at susarch@bendbroadband.com.
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Taizé Service    
Next Taizé:  Thursday, May 1st*

All TBT members are invited to Taizé - an Evensong of Interfaith prayerful meditation, peace, and silence. Taizé services are held the first Thursday of each month, October through May, 7:00 p.m. at St. Claire's Chapel, St. Francis Catholic Church, 2450 NE 27th St. in Bend, OR. Everyone is invited to attend and participate.
Sponsored by the Sacred Art of Living Center and the Interfaith Community of Central Oregon. 
*Please note: this is the last Taizé of the season.  Taizé services will resume in October.


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TBT Tributes

You may honor the lives and achievements of friends and relatives via a tribute with a donation to TBT.  You can do this  online or by sending a check and the name and address of the person being honored to TBT at P.O. Box 7472, Bend, OR, 97708. 
Donations may be designated to a specific fund, including the Youth Education Fund, the High Holy Days Fund, the Music Fund including Adopt-a-Musician, the Library Fund, the Rabbi Fund, the Rabbi's Caring Fund, the PJ Library Fund, the Tzedakah Fund, or to the General Fund. Donations listed below were made to the Temple's general purpose fund unless otherwise specified. 

Temple Beth Tikvah gratefully acknowledges the following contributions:
  • From Gary and Terry Reynolds, in memory of Pauline Segal.
  • From Joanne Shapiro, in memory of  Margery Anne Shapiro.
  • From Jerry and Phyllis Greenbach, in memory of Arthur Greenbach.
  • From Corrie and Shelley Grudin, to the Tzedakah Fund.
  • From Jeff and Beverly Adler, to the Tzedakah Fund.
  • From Leslie Conley, to the Tzedakah Fund.
  • From Jeanne Freeman and Burt Litman, in memory of Rose Freeman.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, wishing continued good health to Kathy Schindel.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, wishing continued good health to Corrie Grudin.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, in honor of Leslie Conley and Joe Jezukewicz becoming new grandparents to Hunter.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, in honor of Jeanne Freeman, the best coach anyone could ask for.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, in memory of Miriam Becker.
  • From Marcia and Ralph Uri, to the many TBT people who helped Ralph with their visits, cards, and meals - it encouraged his recovery at every turn. Thank you to all.  
  • From Justin and Margaret Finestone, in memory of Robert Finestone.  

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About Temple Beth Tikvah

Temple Beth Tikvah is a growing Jewish congregation based in Bend, Oregon.  We are affilliated with the Union for Reform Judaism and are excited to be the first Reform synagogue in Central Oregon.


Our members come from a range of Jewish backgrounds including Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Renewal.  Temple Beth Tikvah welcomes interfaith families and Jews by choice.

We are committed to providing a Jewish education for our children as well as stimulating educational activities for adults.  We value social action and strive to provide a Jewish cultural, social and religious experience in Central Oregon.

Temple Beth Tikvah is a warm and enthusiastic community that includes families, singles and "empty nesters."  We are a mix of long-time Bend residents and newcomers from around the country who moved here to enjoy Central Oregon's beauty, active lifestyle and quality of life.


Please contact us at 541-388-8826 or 

info@bethtikvahbend.org for more information.  


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